Knoxville, Tennessee, June 18, 2018— Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law (LMU Law) Assistant Professor of Law William Gill was named the 2018 Pro Bono Champion Award recipient for the Midsouth Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). The award will be presented at the AILA National Conference in San Francisco later this month.
Gill, who also serves as the director of legal writing and assessment at LMU Law, was honored for his dedication to providing free legal services to the immigrant community he serves. He serves on the Tennessee Faith and Justice Alliance Immigration Taskforce, conferring regularly to promote awareness of immigrants’ needs across the state and collaborate to meet those needs. Additionally, Gill has volunteered with the Catholic Charities of East Tennessee Office of Immigrant Services since the summer of 2016. He has been assisting Catholic Charities with some of its most complex cases. Additionally, Gill has been a reliable pro bono attorney for the Community Legal Center.
In April, Gill was among the first attorneys to respond to the ICE raid in Morristown and continues to work with the defendants and families involved. He has taken on multiple Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) predicate orders in the Knoxville area and readily assists other volunteers when they have questions about the process. Gill has recruited other pro bono attorneys in East Tennessee to assist with Community Legal Center cases. He was also instrumental in coordinating with chapter attorneys to present a Continuing Legal Education seminar at LMU Law in Knoxville covering children’s asylum and SIJS cases, with an eye toward recruiting more volunteer attorneys in those areas. Gill regularly invites his students to participate in his pro bono activities.
AILA members have long been known for their community-mindedness and dedication to the provision of expert immigration legal assistance to underserved members of the immigrant population. The annual chapter-based recognition honors those who are exemplars of the pillar of professionalism that is pro bono work. The program is designed to shine a light on those who are consistently achieving and exceeding their pro bono goals, and who are tirelessly working to promote pro bono service and to further AILA’s mission to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.
The Lincoln Memorial University Duncan School of Law is located in Knoxville’s Historic Old City Hall Building. LMU Law is an integral part of LMU’s values-based learning community, and is dedicated to preparing the next generation of lawyers to provide sound legal service in the often underserved region of Appalachia and beyond. For more information about LMU Law, call 865.545.5303 or visit us online at Law.LMUnet.edu.